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#136 WWFChilli

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Posted 15 February 2017 - 15:48

Went Paris for New Year's. Besides it being cold it was a fantastic time. The Tower of Terror is a superb ride, adore it. The Rock n Rollercoaster might just gave the cheesiest pre-ride vignette I have ever seen. Much better obviously than Hong Kong, but that's still in early days.

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Posted 15 February 2017 - 23:37

Went Paris for New Year's. Besides it being cold it was a fantastic time. The Tower of Terror is a superb ride, adore it. The Rock n Rollercoaster might just gave the cheesiest pre-ride vignette I have ever seen. Much better obviously than Hong Kong, but that's still in early days.

Hong Kong is definetly better then when it opened and it was pretty much a 1 day park. The Iron Man ride and Meet and Greet are apparently great.

 

Shangahi has that Tron coaster I am desperate to go on (as a massive Tron fan) and that cool looking Pirates of the Caribbean movie ride 


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Posted 17 February 2017 - 16:28

What's the best way to book a family holiday to Disney?

Online through somewhere like Virgin or do it all yourself separately?

Thanks in advance.

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Posted 17 February 2017 - 17:11

Booking it as packaging is by far the easiest for a first timer. Booking separately is often cheaper. Go to a specialist like a Travel City Direct or Holiday Hamster for advice 😀

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Posted 17 February 2017 - 17:43

Cheers Nick

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Posted 17 February 2017 - 18:25

An oddity I found with Virgin last time I priced them up was that they charged me more if I didn't want a hire car at all.

I'm also not a fan of their old 747s in regular economy. The service and food are pretty good, but I wanted to take a circular saw to my knees.
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Posted 17 February 2017 - 22:07

Found out today too that if you get hire car with Virgin that the Damage Collision Waiver (Collision Damage Waiver?) isn't included so it's an extra $19.99 per day. When I've booked it before direct with the hire company it's been included. So that's an extra £300 on top.

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Posted 18 February 2017 - 10:30

First time I organised a trip there, I did the Virgin Package. Too a lot of the worries away, and had the back up of people over there if I needed it (which we didn't).

Keep an eye on the prices, now and again a packacge is cheaper than DIY?
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Posted 18 February 2017 - 13:29

Not sure if this is the best thread to put this in, but when I'm in Orlando for a couple of weeks for Mania and the parks, I'd like to buy a lot of stuff online that's free/cheap shipping within the US but extortionate shipping overseas. My hotel charges $10 per package received. Is there a cheaper option like renting a PO box or something for a couple of weeks?

 

Also, my mate said it's not worth me doing FastPass for the rides as I'll get on quicker with the single rider line anyway. Is that the case?


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Posted 18 February 2017 - 13:31

We've booked Orlando for April 2018 as a family, 2 adults and 1 kid. My missus has been 8 times but it's my first so I left all the planning to her. We've ended up with a Virgin package that was cheaper than going DIY. The only downside was it was over a 500 quid deposit. We had some money that her dad had given us so we used that and its meant the whole deal is working out a good 400 cheaper than mixing and matching.

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Posted 18 February 2017 - 13:52

I've done non-direct flights before (flying via Detroit, Atlanta, New York and Minneapolis on previous trips) and while it can be slightly cheaper it's a hell of a journey.


Whilst I've never had a problem before, my perfectly timed connection in Charlotte went tits up as the plane, along with the England Lacrosse team, never left the gate at Heathrow last week! Horribly cramped Virgin were the only option to get us there the next day. Needless to say, buying flights to Orlando in half term with 18 hours to flight time results in a hefty gouge.  I was even wearing a Charlotte Flair shirt for the perfect photo op in Charlotte's Douglas Airport :(  The Lacrosse team weren't as lucky as they appear to have playing games in the Carolinas.  Immigration was also so fun that I'd actively avoid flying direct again during peak, or maybe any time.
 

In the theme park view rooms at The Contemporary they have the same feed on a dedicated TV channel so you can turn the lights down and sit on your own balcony to watch.

mind blown!

 
It is quite something. Valentine's Day had Mrs JB drinking champagne and me with my plastic Mickey mug filled with Diet Coke whilst the soundtrack played and we watched the fireworks on our balcony.
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Epcot is the park that sounds like it's going to be shite, but turns out to be great. Not heavy on the rides, but some great experiences. It's not a park where you just turn up and the entertainment is there, you have to look for it, especially in World Showcase, and when you find it, it's amazing.

 
Epcot has so many different things going on too. Bands in Britain, drummers in Japan, plus country linked characters like Mulan in China. You could probably eat at a different sit down restaurant every night for a fortnight in Epcot and barely do them all. We went to Tokyo Dining, I'll admit it wasn't to my taste, but the atmosphere was cool.
 

Read all about Beverly before we went. Got the camcorder ready for when my wife took a sip, and..... she loved it. Gutted.

 
I'm one of those weird people that drinks tonic water on its own, so thought it was quite nice too. 
 

Soarin' is amazing too.

Not so much since the new film and crappy CGI locations

 
I loved both versions. Only the Taj Mahal really jars, but as an overall experience Soarin' Around the World is a lot more relatable as they're far more famous sites rather than a citrus grove in California that I have no connection with. To take it to another level they could Star Tours it and have "random" scenes. I say "random" because if I've had Kashyyyk once I've had it every poxy time.
 
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We did the Star Wars guided tour complete with the dessert party and reserved viewing for the shows and fireworks.  We really enjoyed it, but couldn't see us doing it if it were any hotter as it's 7 hours long, 4.5-5 of which are spent walking or standing outside.
 
We also did the After Hours event in the Magic Kingdom on Thursday.  That was the best fun.  It was like an extended 3 hour rope drop.  Everything that was open was a walk on.  Everything.  Plus you could get unlimited ice cream and soda during it!  So many Mickey bars, so many :)  However, it's physically impossible to do everything that's open in the 3 hour window due to the time the attraction takes and travel time across the park.
 
Had loads of character meals.  On my son's insistence we did Chef Mickey and Ohana again.  I'm not going to bother with Chef Mickey again, but Ohana was much better.  We also did the Garden Grill with Chip and Dale which was the most fun character meal we've ever done.  1900 Park Fare with Poppins was also way above Chef Mickey, but behind Garden Grill and Ohana this time.
 
My favourite planning sites are www.wdwprepschool.com for real beginners - Gets over the important concepts that if you want to eat in a specific restaurant at a specific time then you really do have to book it 6 months in advance, touringplans.com for being able to sanity check plans with their route software.  I want to do x,y, and z in 3 hours with no fastpasses in 2 hours.  Is that even remotely possible? and easywdw.com for his crowd calendars, blog articles and tips.  People also big up Kenny the Pirate for character info.
 
A nice keepsake we'd bought in advance were giant buttons (badges) to get signed.  Even staff commented on how great they looked so I'd expect official DIsney ones to take money away from Etsyists and that soon enough :D
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Posted 18 February 2017 - 14:18

Also, my mate said it's not worth me doing FastPass for the rides as I'll get on quicker with the single rider line anyway. Is that the case?


He's cute. No, but while he's right to a degree sometimes it may not be the case. Plus Fast Pass is free so I would get fast passes for the rides that you really want to do and if you don't use them, no problem

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Posted 18 February 2017 - 14:21

I'll get on quicker with the single rider line anyway. Is that the case?

At the Universal parks, definitely. There's barely any wait in the single riders line*. I don't know if the Disneys have one, Hollywood Studios is the only Disney park I've been to semi-recently and they didn't. They did have machines to put your tickets in and would give you a ticket with a time you could come back and get straight on a ride.

 

* I'd recommend doing this even for people who aren't single (unless you have kids with you). Me and my ex did most of the rides this way, multiple times and still ended up sat together loads anyway. And if not, a couple of minutes apart beats waiting in a queue for hours together in my book.


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Posted 18 February 2017 - 15:01

I'll get on quicker with the single rider line anyway. Is that the case?


If you do one of the three rides in all of Walt Disney World that has a single rider line - Rock'n'Roller Coaster at Hollywood Studios, Test Track at Epcot, and Expedition Everest at Animal Kingdom. That's it. Universal use single rider lines far more.

Paper fastpasses have been dead at WDW for a good few years Cleetus. It's all MyMagic+ now with Fastpass+, magicbands and all that jazz.
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Posted 18 February 2017 - 18:32

As johnnybooy says, theres barely any single rider lines at Disney. Even at Universal, I can still think of a fair few rides that don't have them, but they are more common. Universal generally has shorter wait times than Disney, obviously depending on when you go, which does reduce the need for them anyway, but they are handy when its a ride you arent too bothered about riding or if theres a 60 minute wait as there often is for the newer rides.